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SOURCE:  The Tribune

The Ministry of Defence is all set to issue a formal tender for making six new generation stealth submarines under a $7 billion project that will entail an Indian manufacturer’s tie-up with a foreign partner for making these under-sea vessels.

The formal tender states the request for proposal (RFP) is expected any time now. Known as ‘Project 75-India’, it will be done under the strategic partnership model policy to make conventional diesel-electric vessels. The RFP has undergone the process of legal vetting and was expected to be released soon to the short-listed companies. Issuance of an RFP is the second stage of tendering process. 

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SOURCE: INDIATIMES

Four Indian astronauts are undergoing general space training programme at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC)  and are also studying the systems of the Soyuz MD crewed spacecraft.

The four Indian astronaut elects, who have been training in Russia for the Gaganyaan project are all set to enter the last leg of the training module in Russia. According to a TOI report, the astronauts began their course in Moscow on February 10 this year.

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SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Twelve years after the 26/11 attacks, Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), the political front of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) responsible for the brutal strikes, has planned an event in Sahiwal city in Punjab on Thursday to commemorate the Mumbai massacre by asking its cadres to organise special prayers for the 10 terrorists who carried out the terror attacks.

According to intelligence reports, a special prayer meeting will be held in all LeT/JuD mosques to remember those who carried out the 2008 strikes targeting multiple locations in Mumbai that killed 170 people, according to security officials aware of the development. Nine LeT gunmen were killed by Indian security forces while one, Ajmal Kasab, was hanged to death after due process of law on November 21, 2012.

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SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Mufti Rauf Asghar, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) operational commander, who had coordinated the infiltration of four heavily-armed operatives into India this month to wreak havoc, has told Jaish terrorists in Kashmir that it was becoming difficult to supply them the necessary “items”, a reference to explosives and weapons. Mufti Rauf Asghar sent the message to Jaish operatives in Kashmir soon after the gunbattle at Ban toll plaza in Jammu’s Nagrota that led to the elimination of four Pakistani terrorists within hours of crossing the border, people familiar with the matter said.

Mufti Asghar is the younger brother of JeM chief and UN designated global terrorist Masood Azhar who is reported to have been under treatment for a life-threatening spine aliment. Asghar is considered the terror group’s de facto chief in his elder brother’s absence and had overseen the infiltration of the four terrorists from Bahawalpur in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

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SOURCE: Hindustan Times

The Kashmir issue is not on the agenda of a meeting of foreign ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to be held in Niger during November 27-28, resulting in consternation in Pakistan, which has sought to repeatedly raise the matter at international forums.

A statement issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Wednesday to announce foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s participation in the meeting of the OIC’s council of foreign ministers claimed the two-day session will discuss a range of issues facing the Muslim world, including the “Jammu and Kashmir dispute”.

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SOURCE: THE WEEK

Twelve years have passed since the deadly 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai and Pakistan has yet to take action on the multiple dossiers shared by India. None of the prime accused in the case have been prosecuted so far.

The National Investigation Agency, which probed the conspiracy behind the attack, had filed a charge sheet against nine persons: David Headley, Hafiz Saeed, Tahawwur Rana, two serving Pakistani army officials Major Iqbal and Major Sameer Ali, Ilyas Kashmiri, Sajid Malik and Abdul Rehman Hashmi.

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SOURCE: The Telegraph

Military veterans have cautioned the Indian Army against the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s “ulterior” motive behind setting conditions for the proposed disengagement process at the Pangong Lake where troops  from the neighbouring country have reportedly occupied 8km within India-claimed lines.

The PLA is said to have asked the Indian side to vacate the dominating Chushul heights on the Kailash range first as part of the disengagement process on the northern flank of the Pangong Lake.

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SOURCE: TIMES NOW

The Mumbai terror attacks of 26 November 2008 left a scar on the psyche of the city, one which it has struggled to come to terms with. The 10 Pakistani terrorists who came from the sea targeted the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station, Nariman House complex, Leopold Cafe, Taj Hotel and Tower, the Oberoi-Trident Hotel and Cama Hospital among other prime locations in South Mumbai. When the mayhem ended after three days, some 190 people were dead and hundreds of others wounded.

But amid the grief, shock, anger and horror which took over Mumbai and the rest of the country on that fateful November week 12 years ago, there were also incredible tales of raw courage, of bravery, of a sense of duty, of men who faced the terrorists’ bullets while trying to rescue others, of those who fought back against terror. Some of these brave men paid the ultimate sacrifice.  

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SOURCE: Mid-Day

Indian Army and Indian Air Force today conducted one test each of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory. Both the tests of DRDO-developed missile were successful.

On Tuesday India successfully test-fired a land attack version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory, sources said. The supersonic cruise missile was test-fired at 10 AM and it successfully hit its target, which was on another island, they added.

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SOURCE: ENS

Several women Army officers who have have not been selected for permanent commission in the recently held special selection board for short service commission, women officers have alleged that there was a lack of transparency about the criteria of selection and that the results have left them “shocked”.

Four women officers of the rank of Lt Colonel approached The Indian Express, on condition of anonymity, and expressed their disappointment over the result of the screening board. These officers belong to different branches of the Army.

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SOURCE: LIVEMINT

India’s leading aero manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited(HAL) on Tuesday communicated that workers unions at Bengaluru and Koraput divisions of the company have given notice for a nationwide general strike on 26th November. HAL, in a regulatory filing, added that the workers unions have called on the strike against “the policies and legislations of the government.”

“The Unions have been communicated that the proposed strike call is unwarranted & unjustified and will hardly serve any meaningful purpose and had requested them to call-off their proposed strike,” HAL said in the filing.

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SOURCE: TNN

India on Wednesday hailed Germany’s decision to establish formal diplomatic relations with Bhutan, Delhi’s closest neighbour.
“We have noted that Bhutan and Germany have today established formal diplomatic relations through their respective embassies in New Delhi,” highly placed sources told ET.

“We are aware that the two countries already established consular relations in July 2000. Germany is an important development partner of Bhutan. This is a further step on that path,” sources added.

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SOURCE: The Tribune

US-INDIA relations enjoy a bipartisan consensus, especially on defence and security relations (DSR) which are the original drivers of their comprehensive global strategic partnership. DSR is now the crown-jewel of the partnership with past biases and distrust diminishing.

India expects the Biden administration to catalyse DSR by implementing the Defence Technology Trade Initiative to provide high-end defence technology, change the buyer-seller mode to joint development and co-production, now that the Defence Industrial Security Annexe and Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) are signed. A Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CATSA) waiver on India buying Russian defence equipment, like the S-400 air defence system, though expected, is iffy.

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SOURCE: LIVEMINT

Extending the Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation on nuclear energy for 10 more years, India and America have issued a joint statement on 24 November, saying, “Marking the tenth year of cooperation between the United States and India at the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP) and the signing of the extension, for an additional ten years, to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of India Concerning Cooperation with the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership, India, signed at New Delhi on November 7, 2010 (the GCNEP MOU).”

‘Safe, secure, and sustainable nuclear energy’

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SOURCE: THE HINDU

In continuation of the trend of growing trilateral and multilateral exercises, two new trilateral naval exercises are in the works: one among India, Australia and Indonesia; and in the other, France is keen on joining India-Australia bilateral naval exercise AUSINDEX, according to two official sources.

“France is keen to join AUSINDEX and discussions are under way on how to take it forward,” one of the sources said. “Also a naval exercise between India, Australia and Indonesia is under discussion. The modalities are being worked out,” the source stated.

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